Humbert’s Bloody Pin

Few characters are so universally loved and loathed as Vladimir Nabokov’s Humbert Humbert.

In the depths of his turpitude and bloodshed, he turns to gin; his favourite portmanteau of a tipple, a “pin”—pineapple and gin.

Our take on this cocktail is less designed for misery and more crafted for enjoyment on a scorching summer day.

pin ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1.5 oz gin (here using Tanqueray Rangpur, but any London dry gin will do)
  • 3 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz club soda
  • 1-3 dashes of Angostura bitters (depending on how bloody you want it)
  • Orange twist (not pictured—add for extra presentation and aromatics)

This drink can be prepped in a cocktail shaker, or simply made in a glass, depending on your desperation.

Measure and pour the ingredients in the order listed, and serve in an old fashioned glass—or if you really feel like channelling Humbert, use a pint glass and double all ingredients listed.

Ladies and gentlewomen of the jury: Humbert’s Bloody Pin.

pin ensemble.jpg


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